Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue announced the news Thursday saying the rules proposed under former President Barack Obama made it harder for schools to serve meals that were nutritious and tasty.
“If kids are not eating what is being served, they are not benefiting, and food is being wasted,” Perdue said in a statement, according to Reuters.
Trump has rolled back key Obama-era regulations that he’s deemed detrimental for particular industries. The latest school lunch policy rollback fulfills a promise that Perdue made when he took office in May 2017.
Michelle Obama was a big proponent of the 2010 Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act, which required schools to serve more fruits, vegetables and whole grains, eliminate sodium and trans fat and set a maximum number of calories for school lunches, writes Reuters.
Schools under Trump’s new rules can offer flavored, low-fat milk and will have more time to decrease sodium levels in school lunches. High sodium amounts have been linked to high blood pressure, strokes and heart attack, critics of Trump’s plan told Reuters.